1. Who is Buffalo's most underappreciated player?
The Bills have a good number of players who don't mind toiling away from the spotlight. Coach McDermott is proud that his roster is made up largely of grinders. But some of them despite their production and exploits on the field still don't merit the notoriety that some top-level players do on other NFL clubs.
Pro Football Focus put together a list of each NFL team’s most underappreciated player. For Buffalo it was veteran safety Micah Hyde.
BUFFALO BILLS: S MICAH HYDE
Hyde drew some accolades (second-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl appearance) in his first season with Buffalo back in 2017, but his body of work since joining the Bills suggests that we're still underrating him when discussing the league's best safeties. Over the last three seasons in Buffalo, Hyde ranks tied for fifth among all players at the safety position in overall grade (90.7). The move to free safety has pulled the best from Hyde after a solid, albeit unspectacular, start to his career with the Green Bay Packers in more of a slot/box role. He now serves as half of one of the better safety tandems in the NFL with teammate Jordan Poyer.
2. More love for Buffalo heading into the 2020 season
You can't call NFL Network analyst Mike Robinson a bandwagoner when it comes to the Bills. Robinson predicted at the start of the 2019 season that Buffalo would win the AFC East last year.
Though the Bills couldn't pull that off for Robinson a year ago, he hasn't backed off his belief in coach McDermott's squad.
"I did say in 2019 that the Bills would win the AFC East. I was just a year early," said Robinson. "The Bills will win the AFC East in 2020 and it boils down to Josh Allen. He only completed about 59 percent of his passes last year and that has to get better. Stefon Diggs, you can't overstate how important this guy is going to be to this Bills offense. If they can lean on Devin Singletary and then hit play action passes to Diggs over the top, I just do not see a team in the AFC East competing with the Buffalo Bills."
In addition to winning the division, Robinson believes Buffalo can take it a step further in the postseason.
"I think they can make some noise in the AFC especially if they lean on that run game with Devin Singletary," he said. "They're returning their entire offensive line. On the defensive side of the ball you have Ed Oliver, second-round pick AJ Epenesa, new young pieces for that defense along the defensive front. If they can hold teams under 20 points, like they did last year, I'm telling you the Buffalo Bills are not a team any AFC team wants to see in the playoffs."
3. OchoCinco tries to cover Stefon Diggs
At an undisclosed field in south Florida, Bills receiver Stefon Diggs was getting his work in as he prepares for his first season with Buffalo. Training on an adjacent field was former NFL receiver Chad Johnson, who decided to come over and offer to match up with him one-on-one.
Johnson apparently felt himself capable of covering Diggs in a one-on-one situation outside.
Suffice to say that Johnson was unsuccessful. In a social media post by Johnson himself he claimed to have good coverage on Diggs, but essentially bear hugged him at the top of the route before Diggs cut outside.
Washington QB Dwayne Haskins hit him with a dart right before Diggs reached the sideline for the completion.
Perhaps the best part of the video clip tweeted out by Johnson is the way Diggs looks back at Johnson as he's stepping out of bounds after making the reception.
Johnson still maintained he had good coverage on Diggs.